Next on the championship tour is the Meo Pro Portugal presented by Rip Curl.

The Meo Pro Portugal presented by Rip Curl is always an inspiring and usually radical event. The venue is Supertubos in Peniche, and it can get excellent, especially at this time of the year. 

It is called Supertubos due to the hollow grinding beach break barrels that break so close to the beach. There are also a few other options as venues, all with excellent quality waves.

It is a very different looking field on the CT, with a slew of new faces occupying top spots on tour, both men and women. 

The men’s CT has Barron Mamiya and Seth Moniz, both from Hawaii, in the top five, with Barron at the number one slot and Seth in second place and Kanoa Igarashi from Japan. Caio Ibelli is also in there at number 4, but the surprise is Kelly Slater at number 5, at the age of 50. 

OAHU, UNITED STATES – DECEMBER 11: 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater of the United States advances to Round 4 of the 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters after winning Heat 8 of Round 3 at Pipeline on December 11, 2019 in Oahu, United States. (Photo by Ed Sloane/WSL via Getty Images)

Gabriel Medina has not got a start in this event. He withdrew from the tour a few short weeks ago. Despite the rumours that he will be returning to this event, he has decided not to enter and will continue his convalescence. 

Gabriel Medina.

On the women’s tour, we have an interesting situation as well. With Brisa Hennessy at the top slot, being the first Costa Rican surfer to occupy the number one slot on the women’s tour. Another newcomer, Moana Jones Wong from Hawaii, is placed 3rd in the rankings. Still, at this stage, it appears that she hasn’t secured a spot in the event as of yet. 

Other top-five surfers include Malia Manuel from Hawaii, Carissa Moore from Hawaii and Johanne Defay from France.

The Portugal event used to be closer to the end of the year’s events, but it is the third event this year, and the dynamics have changed somewhat. There is less pressure on the surfers to get into the top five to be eligible for the Rip Curl finals at this event. As a result, there will probably be some high performances as surfers push the boundaries to impress the judges.

With a few surfers out of the game, it is a different playing field. Still, it is an exciting time to be watching professional surfing.

For more on the event, go to: https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2022/mct/3889/meo-pro-portugal

The contest waiting period starts tomorrow.